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    "What if Spartacus Had a Piper Cub" type of arguments. I did try to listen to the entire thing, but it cut off twice halfway through.

    I think it's ridiculous to attempt to frame an argument that depends on post mortem approval from FDR and Francis Perkins based on the fact that they made numerous adjustments to the program in it's inception and roll out.

    And ok, let's all cede the point that modifications were made previously under both Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan.

    But that is not what today's discussion is all about. Today's discussion is about what if any modifications should be made to Social Security TODAY?

    The outrage this debate is engendering currently is largely due to the fact that our Democratic President is making direct cuts to benefits that the other side has not even asked for (openly at any rate) and that there are other and better ways to increase the solvency of SS over the long term which are not even up for discussion because the President has peremptorily short circuited the discussion with his concessions.

    Many say and I agree that Social Security solvency is not an appropriate part of THIS discussion at THIS time, part of a general budget/deficit mash-up that the Republicans want to stage bi-annually in order to chop away at the safety nets "inch by inch" as Elizabeth Warren puts it. A large part of the anger is the President's willingness to do the dirty work FOR the Republicans and generate the benefits cuts from the Democratic side which is just politically stupid.

    I will also say that people today are much more aware of the minutia and consequences of legislation than they were in the days of Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan. Things that slipped by quietly then will not slip by quietly today.

    “Human kindness has never weakened the stamina or softened the fiber of a free people. A nation does not have to be cruel to be tough.” FDR

    by Phoebe Loosinhouse on Fri Apr 12, 2013 at 07:18:37 AM PDT

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